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Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness' children: All we know about their two rarely-seen kids

The Wolverine actor and estranged wife Deborra-Lee were together for 27 years

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend The Cinema Society & Bluemercury host the premiere of IFC Films' "Freak Show" at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on January 10, 2018 in New York City
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad SanwariOnline News WriterNew York
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Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness shocked the world when they announced last week that they were separating after 27 years of marriage.

"Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth," they said in a statement shared with People, emphasizing that their primary focus would remain their family.

"Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives."

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Read on to learn more about their rarely-seen children, son Oscar and daughter Ava…

Oscar Maximillian Jackman

The former couple adopted their son Oscar in 2000. Born May 15, he is now 23 years old, and was adopted after Deborra-Lee suffered two miscarriages.

While not much is known about Oscar, he has made a few appearances alongside his famous parents, most notably at his dad's handprint and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 2009.

Hugh Jackman, wife Deborra-Lee Furness and their children Ava Jackman and Oscar Jackman attend the handprint and footprint ceremony honoring Hugh Jackman at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 21, 2009 in Hollywood, California.© Getty Images
Hugh and Deborra-Lee are parents to son Oscar and daughter Ava

In an interview with People, his mom revealed that he was in fact part Bosnian. She explained: "When my son was younger, he found out he was part Bosnian, so we went and got this Croatian/Bosnian cookbook and he was very proud to carry that around when he was seven years old."

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Hugh, 54, also stated in an interview with ET that his son even used his dad's fame to pick up girls. He shared: "Once he was on the beach. He was talking to a girl, he was about 13, he was talking to a girl, who I guess to be about 15, and he started walking towards me.

In this handout photo provided by Disneyland, Actor Hugh Jackman, his wife Deborra Lee Furness, and children Oscar Jackman and Ava Jackman pose with Mickey Mouse outside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland on April 23, in Anaheim, Calif.© Getty Images
The two make very rare public appearances and their parents keep them out of the spotlight

"He came up to me and he started walking ahead of the girl, and he goes, 'Dad, Dad, Dad, she's coming over. I told her you're Wolverine, just go with it.' I was like, 'I am the wingman for my 13-year-old boy.'"

Ava Eliot Jackman

Ava, who recently turned 18, was also adopted by the Jackmans when she was a baby, which was announced in July 2005.

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Deborra-Lee explained in her People interview that her daughter also had different cultural roots, explaining that she had Mexican lineage.

Deborra-Lee Furness, actor Hugh Jackman and children Oscar and Ava participate in the Hugh Jackman Star ceremony at The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on December 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California.© Getty Images
The former couple adopted Oscar and Ava after a pair of miscarriages

"My daughter has a Mexican lineage, so we've been to Mexico," the actress, 67, said. "We completely embrace the ancestors and the extended family; they're family to us. And it's in there, even though it's generational. It may be subtle, but it's in there."

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Ava, alongside her brother, has maintained a private life away from the spotlight. Their parents never share photos of their children either.

Hugh Jackman in a suit and Deborra-Lee Furness in a tulle dress© Getty Images
"To be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan."

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In a 2012 interview with Today's Katie Couric, the Wolverine star opened up about the process of adoption after their struggles with conception.

"To be clear, Deb and I always wanted to adopt. So that was always in our plan," he explained. "We didn't know where in the process that would happen but biologically obviously we tried and it was not happening for us and it is a difficult time. 

LA exes: 5 Hollywood couples who divorced

Brad Pitt wearing a black tuxedo and Angelina Jolie wearing a sparkly dress© Jason LaVeris

1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Known by the legendary portmanteau 'Brangelina', the uber A-listers wed in a French chateau in 2014 some nine years after first becoming entwined on the set of 2005 blockbuster Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Things went south soon after with allegations of abuse surfacing in 2016, the same year Angelina filed for divorce. After seven years of legal wrangling light appeared at the tunnel's end, with the MailOnline reporting in July 2023 that the pair had agreed to a mediation which could resolve their dispute.

2. Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson

Ryan and Scarlett married in 2008 in a secretive ceremony on Vancouver Island. Both actors' stars were firmly in the ascendancy but professional success wasn't conducive to conjugal happiness, and their union was annulled just over two years later with Scarlett subsequently revealing the couple hardly saw each other. 

3. Russell Brand and Katy Perry

The polysyllabic and polyamorous British actor/comedian/presenter met popstar Katy in 2009 during rehearsals for the MTV Video Music Awards. The following year the pair married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in India and all seemed set fair. But with Katy away on her California Dreams tour for most 2011, the couple supposedly determined they had different priorities and Russell filed for divorce - via text message - at the end of that year.

4. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

The couple divorced in 2013 after it emerged Ashton had been unfaithful on the weekend of their sixth anniversary. In 2015 Ashton remarried, this time to his That '70s Show costar Mila Kunis who was five years his junior - a notable change in dynamic from his relationship with Demi who was 15 years his senior.

5. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

The archetypal whirlwind romance, Tom and Katie got engaged after just seven weeks of dating in 2005. The pair didn't muck about and the following year they both welcomed daughter Suri and got married in a Scientologist ceremony in Italy. The marriage lasted for five and half years before Katie filed for divorce.

"We did IVF and Deb had a couple of miscarriages. I'll never forget it, the miscarriage thing – it happens to one in three pregnancies, but it's very, very rarely talked about," he continued, saying that once their son was born, all their "heartache melted away."

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